And he (Jehu) said, Come with me, and see my zeal for the Lord. So they made him ride in his chariot.
Thus Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel.
II Kings 10:16, 28
In verse 16, Jehu tells Johonadab to “come with me, and see my zeal for the Lord.” Verses 19 through 27 are a chronicle of Jehu exterminating Baal worship in Israel. That brings us to verse 28, which simply says “Thus Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel.” Jehu said he had a zeal for the Lord, and that zeal was proven and carried out as he destroyed Baal and Baal worship in Israel.
Here is the question for today: would we tell anyone to “come with us and see our zeal for the Lord?” Of course, we probably wouldn’t actually say it like that, but the bigger question is this: can the people who are already with us and around us see our zeal for the Lord? Are we living our lives in such a manner as to point people to Jesus? Are we living for Him? Or would the people around us be surprised to find out that we are Christians? Can others see Him in us?
That is a convicting question that we need to ask ourselves every now and then. Jehu told of his zeal for the Lord and then he went out and exterminated Baal worship. How are we doing about “exterminating” the “Baal worship” in “our land?” I realize that I just used quite a bit of imagery there with all the parenthesis, but I think the application is a fair one. We all have things in our lives that shouldn’t be there. How are we doing at destroying the sin in our lives? How are we doing at getting rid of anything that causes us to not put our trust wholly in Him?
Let us live our lives so that anyone around us can see the Lord. Let us leave no question nor doubt about who we serve!